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Displaying 1 - 20 of 21 Lots in Category - Ceylon
C of A - Flight Covers
1943-45 TRANS-INDIAN OCEAN FLIGHTS: Attractively presented display on 23pp with Karachi-Ceylon extension covers x3, various airgraphs including first & last services and one with Kangaroo Postman - being the inspiration for the 1944 Christmas aerogramme - plus two unused forms, 1944 (Mar 16) Ceylon-Australia believed to be the 100th Catalina flight, 1944 Liberator service opening flights (one with accidental date error) & 1945 Sydney-Colombo- Sydney per Liberator; also Aerogrammes carried on Re-Opening of Australia-GB Airmail Service, First Duplicated "Kangaroo" Service, 1944 Christmas flight (with Kangaroo Postman printed within) & 1945 Lancastrian service opening flight x2; many are pilot-signed. An extremely important wartime subject. Ex Colin Riddell.
(Qty 30 items)
1943-45 TRANS-INDIAN OCEAN FLIGHTS: 1943 "Secret Order of the Double Sunrise" certificate, unused & rarely seen thus, very fine; and 1944 "Elevated Order of the Longest Hop" certificate signed by the pilot, minor blemishes. [The illustration is above Lot 415]
Large suitcase & a carton with World array in several albums, boxes, packets etc, noted lots of Ceylon/Sri Lanka and other Asia, condition very mixed; also a quantity of FDCs etc from Australia, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, GB etc, mostly very fine. Very heavy.
Huge used accumulation in stockbooks, 100s of packets plus a few ancient worldwide albums including lots of Great Britain, British Commonwealth, some Australia with bundle of Territories CTO, noted Malaya to $5, Ceylon QV 'TWO' on 4c red block of 53 with Plate Number on parcel fragment plus group of numeral postmarks, France Ceres 25c blue plate & variety study, some mint & a few covers including Victoria 'GOVERNOR' frank stamp, USA 1936 airmail from Hawaii forwarded to Australia with GB 6d & 9d added, lots of fun here, condition variable. Weighs 42kg.
Accumulation mostly used with Asia including China Junks & Sun-Yat Sen with overprints, Hong Kong with some QV and KGV Silver Jubilee set **, Shanghai 1893 Jubilee overprints 1c Letter Card and 2c Envelope x7, also a few Ceylon, India, Indo-China, Japan, Malaya, North Borneo, etc, then worldwide with pickings including Switzerland 1932 Airmail 90c, plus some literature, variable condition. Weighs 5kg.
Mostly used collection with some presentable Imperfs, Perf 14-15½ range to 2/-, No Wmk 9d, First CC Wmk to 2/-, DLR 3d (unused), Second CC Wmk to 2/- x2 (one unused with part-og), 1872-80 CC to 96c including 2c Perf 14x12½, 4c rosy mauve mint & 36c with the Watermark Reversed, lots of Surcharges with 1885 to 56c on 96c including 5c on 36c (unused), Perf 14x12½ 10c on 64c (unused) & 1r12c on 2r50c, Perf 14 1r12c on 2r50c SG 193, 1890 5c on 15c with Inverted 's' in 'Cents' SG 233h, 1899 2r50c, 1r50c on 2r50c & 2r25c on 2r50c, 1899-1900 'SPECIMEN' set (mostly with large-part o.g.), a page of 'On Service' Overprints, etc, some mint including KEVII 1902 1r50c & 2r25c, 1904-05 set and KGVI Pictorials simplified set, etc, generally fine to very fine but the earlies are rather mixed & have not been "lamped" by us. An excellent basis for serious expansion.
Ex-dealer's stock predominantly used with strength in QV issues from 1860s including 1887 64c brown, 1885 Surcharges 'Value in Words' 5c on 24c green, 5c on 48c rose x2, 5c on 96c grey, 10c on 64c brown, 20c on 32c slate & 1r12c on 2r50c x3 and 'Value in Figures' 15c on 16c yellow * & 1r12c on 2r50c x2 one with fine 'PARCEL POST' cds, 1899 2r50c purple/red and '2R.25C' on 2r50c yellow, also 1912 KGV to 10r plus 20r * (short perf) plus range of KGVI and QEII issues, postmark interest also, condition mixed but many fine.
1921-32 Script 100r brownish grey SG 359, unusually well centred, very lightly mounted, Cat £3500. A rare stamp, especially this fine. Pascal Scheller Certificate (2017) states "genuine and in perfect condition".
No longer available
1946 commercial airmail cover from Holland to a member of "Force 136/Colombo Ceijlon" with boxed 'OAT' h/s in red, minor blemishes. [The rate was 12½c per 20gm + air surcharge of 40c per 5gm x2 = 92½c. During WWII, Force 136 was a group of Dutch resistance fighters who operated in the Dutch Indies behind Japanese lines]
1946 commercial usage of British-type 'FORCES/LETTER' to Holland with 20c tied by Indian-style 'No 9 ADVANCE BASE POST OFFICE/5NOV45' cds, the message in Dutch headed ".../HQ Group B Force 136/SEAC/Colombo".
CEYLON - Pre-Stamp Markings
COLOMBO: straight-line 'COLOMBO' (Oxley Type 2; Proud #PS1 - recorded 20.8.1815 to 3.8.1816 only) in red over straight-line 'FREE' (Oxley Type 2pf; Proud #OPD2 - recorded 3.8.1816 only) in black, light but clear strikes on tiny OHMS entire endorsed "Colombo 19th May 1817", to "Revenue Agent/Kandy". [Ted Proud had no example of either postmark in his collection]
COLOMBO: straight-line 'COLOMBO' (Oxley Type 2; Proud #PS1 - recorded 20.8.1815 to 3.8.1816 only) in red over straight-line 'FREE' (Oxley Type 2pf; Proud #OPD2 - recorded 3.8.1816 only) in black, very fine & superb strikes on large-part OHMS outer endorsed "Pay Department Colombo/the tenth of March 1817", to "Revenue Agent/Kandy", minor faults.
COLOMBO: octagonal '[crown]/COLOMBO/POST FREE/12FE12/1825' (Oxley unrecorded; Proud #OPD4 - ERD) largely very fine strike on OHMS outer to "Revenue Commissioners/Kandy". [Absent from Ted Proud's collection]
KANDY: octagonal '[crown]/KANDY/POST FREE/16MA/---9' arrival d/s (Oxley unrecorded; Ted Proud #OPD2 - ERD: recorded 10.6.1829 to 6.3.1830 only) light & watery but obvious strike in red on the face of OHMS entire endorsed "Colombo March Fourteen 1829" to "Revenue Commissioners/Kandy" with very fine octagonal '[crown]/ COLOMBO/POST FREE/15FE15/1825' d/s (Oxley unrecorded; Proud #OPD4).
KURUNEGALA: straight-line 'KURUNAGALA' (Oxley Type 2; Proud #PS1) over straight-line 'POST FREE' (Oxley as Type 2pp; Proud #OPD1 - recorded 19.7.1825-27.2.1827 only) both partly-doubled but obvious strikes on undated part-entire to Kandy.
RATNAPURA: straight-line 'RATNAPOORA' & straight-line 'FREE' (both unrecorded by both Oxley and Proud) very fine strikes on OHMS entire endorsed "Ratnapoora Catchery July Twenty one 1832" to Kandy. Ted Proud states Ratnapura opened only in 1861, while Geoff Oxley's ERD for any Ratnapura marking is 1858. Here is proof that there was a post office at Ratnapura as early as 1832. Superb! [The finest of the four similar items discovered only a few years ago]
TRINCOMALEE: straight-line 'FREE' (Oxley Type 2pf; unrecorded by Proud) very fine strike on fragile OHMS outer endorsed "Catcherry Trincomale/the Twenty seventh May 1817" to Kandy.
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS Ceylon PPC with superb boxed '.../JAN 21 1915/----- REINFORCEMENT/...' d/s in violet (the offending 'FIRST' excised) overstruck with 'MEDBURY/4MR15' arrival cds (Wooders rated 5). The sender was Chaplain Captain Robert Richards. [The convoy arrived in Egypt on 29.1.1915]
REINFORCEMENT CONVOYS: SEVENTH REINFORCEMENT: Cover and three PPCs with boxed 'NZ MILITARY POST OFFICE/8NOV1915/ TROOPSHIP No 30' ('Maunganui'; manuscript "Censored/...") & '.../10NOV1915/TROOPSHIP No 31' ('Tahiti') both from Colombo, '.../18OCT1915/TROOPSHIP No 32' (in blue; message headed "SS Aparima 32") from Albany WA, and '.../15NOV1915/TROOPSHIP No 33' ('Navua') from Colombo. Ex Gordon Darge. [Troopships 30-34 departed 9.10.1915 & arrived at Suez 27.11.1915. Assigning numbered datestamps to particular ships was of little purpose. The numbering remained chronological, meaning that if a ship made more than one voyage, a different number was assigned for each voyage]
The Gallipoli Fiasco
HOSPITAL SHIPS - USS 'MAHENO': PPCs with 'NZ Expeditionary Forces/No HOSPITAL SHIP' d/s of 19JUL1915 from Adelaide, 5AUG1915 from Colombo & 17AUG1915 from Suez; also Ceylon PPC from the second voyage with rare 'ON ACTIVE SERVICE/NZ HOSPITAL SHIP/MAHENO' in violet (unrecorded by John Firebrace) & 'PASSED BY CENSOR' h/s in rosine; finally a Stanley Newcomb & Co PPC of the Maheno used New Zealand to Great Britain. [The appalling casualties at Gallipoli inspired the NZ public to raise funds to equip the Maheno as a hospital ship. She departed Wellington on 11.7.1915, made straight to Gallipoli, and spent two months ferrying the wounded to Mudros & Malta]